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Four Brothers Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 11, 2005
Just another step on [Singleton's] march to Hollywood anonymity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 12, 2005
Squandering the sex appeal and easy fraternity among its four leads, Four Brothers pitches violently between moments that are at once warm and raw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 12, 2005
As long as the action snaps and the violence feels (somewhat) righteous, there'll always be a place for movies such as Four Brothers -- on rainy Saturdays, on TNT.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
August 12, 2005
Four Brothers begins with four-star potential, but director John Singleton's latest bullet ballet quickly degrades from taut family drama to sloppy action overdose.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 21, 2005
An over-violent and under-sincere story that strays from justice past revenge and into mindless vigilantism.
| Original Score: C
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
August 10, 2005
Gritty but totally unfocused: it could have been great, it if weren't straddling four genres.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
December 29, 2005
Formula filmmaking through and through, but it's brought home with just enough grit, gusto, and emotion to keep you suitably entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 12, 2005
Loud, stupid, unrealistic, overdone, without a thought in its ugly little head and kind of enjoyable.
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
August 12, 2005
A Western-style B-movie revenge tale from John Singleton.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 31, 2007
Adds a uniquely repugnant concept to the notion of dysfunctional, in what seems like a warped underlying fraternal creed of, a family that preys together stays together.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 12, 2005
Moment to moment, the mood flips from crime drama to weird high jinks; the boys spend so much time wearing their mother's clothing and playfully accusing each other of being gay that it's not clear they really care about solving the mystery.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
August 13, 2005
...rooted in its usual cliched and conventional mode...a transparent revenge-seeking rouser with all the psychological complexity and bluntness of a rusty sledgehammer
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Sobczynski
September 10, 2005
The only performance that kind of works is the one from Chiwetel Ejiofor as the central bad guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
August 12, 2005
Wait for it on television and you won't hate yourself quite as much in the morning.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Rob Blackwelder
August 12, 2005
Singleton fills the screen with moody darkness (but) Four Brothers falls apart completely in the last act.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 12, 2005
An unsatisfying attempt to bring the B Western motif to the contemporary urban setting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
August 16, 2005
The camaraderie of a vintage Wester, "The Sons of Katie Elder," has been ubanized and updated into a violent, amoral revenge saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 20, 2005
Singleton seems to struggle to keep it under control, finally giving up in the end and letting a dopey Hollywood finale overrun the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 10, 2005
Why is Four Brothers so cheesy? Why does it look like junk? Why are the lines so oafish, the scenes so sloppily pasted together, and the characters so false?
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 20, 2005
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 12, 2005
Singleton, whose feature film career got off to a terrific start with Boyz N the Hood (1991), delivers this proficiently made factory job with some snap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 30, 2005
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Stephanie Zacharek
October 7, 2006

Boston Phoenix
August 20, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 20, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
August 4, 2007
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